SAN FRANCISCO – Samsung Electronics and the University of California San Francisco have launched a study on My BP Lab, a jointly developed smartphone research app to help users monitor their blood pressure and stress levels, and obtain personalized insights for improving their daily health. My BP Lab leverages an optical sensor available on several Samsung smartphones to provide users with more accurate information about their health status. This optical sensor is built into the device and allows blood pressure to be directly measured by the smartphone without any external hardware. “We are pleased to be partnering with UCSF to utilize this sensor and contribute to research that will provide our users with crucial and meaningful feedback about their health,” said Peter Koo, senior vice president and leader of the health service team at Samsung, in a statement. One aim of the study is to optimize My BP Lab to provide contextualized and scientifically informed feedback, so users will be able to gain a better understanding of their stress and blood pressure levels, and manage their health more effectively. The study also further improves the accuracy of the blood pressure readings, by gathering data from thousands of users in real-world settings. Users joining a program led by UCSF researchers will receive personalized, on-demand information regarding their stress and blood pressure levels throughout the day. “This study could provide the largest dataset yet on stress, daily emotional experiences, and blood pressure,” said Wendy Berry Mendes, director of the Emotion, Health and Psychophysiology Lab at UCSF, in a statement.
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